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Athletics Report                   7

Annie Davies                       Godsell who broke her own         over 2.90 to win the pole
from Daniella Critchley and        over 60s Club record in the       vault. A further A string win
Jordan Folk in the 800m.           100m with a time of 14.5.         came from Krystal Galley in
With so many athletes                                                the 400m.
competing at a far higher          This means that after being       To add to the celebrations
level or within their own age      joint top following two           Helen Godsell set a new Club
categories, we would always        matches we slipped to 12th        over 60s record as she timed
struggle to complete a strong      place, perilously close to the    30.06 in the non-scoring 20m.
squad at the height of the         relegation zone.                  So a mixed season with some
season and were now 7th in                                           excellent results and involving
the 16 team division.              Match 5 – Norman Park             a lot of organisation to pull a
                                   A second home win! It was a       track & field team together for
Match 4 – Norwich                  close affair and with just the    5 matches over 4 months, with
With the season in full swing, it  men’s 4 x 400m to go B&B          so many athletes competing
was perhaps inevitable that we     and Colchester were level on
would not be at full strength      190 points. However, the          Jackie Montgomery
for this match. With large         Club’s quartet of Georges         at the highest level and almost
gaps in all events and from the    Vacharopoulos, Luke               everyone else involved in
men’s team too, we finished        Smallwood, Mark Cryer             junior or vet’s leagues as
last of the four teams and did     and Dan Putnam set a new          well. Many, many thanks to
not score over 100 points.         League record of 3.17.59 to       Jackie Montgomery for acting
That we struggled in Norfolk       win by over 15 seconds.           as team manager at the last
can no way be attributed to                                          match and allowing me to go
the athletes that did compete.     It was a fine way to end an       on holiday in August! A well-
There were some good               exciting match and the victory    deserved home win and a club
performances and many did a        ensured we comfortably            pole vault record too!
number of extra events.            avoided being relegated to        The Southern Athletics
Danielle Critchley was the         Division Two.                     League definitely highlights
only individual winner taking                                        what a strong team we are at
the 400m in 58.4 but perhaps       Zara Asante also enjoyed a        the top but also how reliant
the individual performance         double A string victory. She      we are on juniors and vets to
of the day came from Helen         won the long jump with a          remain in this division.
                                   season’s best of 5.42 and then
                                   leapt 12.50 to take the triple                        Jane Bradshaw
                                   jump by nearly 2.5m. B string
                                   winner Toyin Orelaja’s 11.16
                                   would have won the A string
                                   had Zara not been there and
                                   amazingly the duo’s distances
                                   would have gained maximum
                                   points in the men’s event!

                                   There were bests also for
                                   Carole Penlington who won
                                   the 3000m by over 90 seconds
                                   in a fine pb of 10.26.39 and for
                                   Sonia Woolhouse who soared
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